Update: On Wednesday March 31, Leduc RCMP executed a search warrant on a vehicle that was seized at the business where two males were arrested on March 27. The RCMP recovered four catalytic converters during the arrest.
Following an investigation, three of the stolen catalytic converters were determined to belong to vehicles from a break and enter to a business in Wetaskiwin.
As a result, Leduc RCMP have laid eight additional charges against the two accused males:
- Mischief under $5,000 x3;
- Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 x2;
- and theft under $5,000 x3.
Original Story: Leduc RCMP responded to a report of two suspects stealing catalytic converters on March 27, 2021 at approximately 8:10 a.m. at a business near 45 Street and 56 Ave in the Leduc industrial area.
Police received information from a property representative who observed the theft in progress on a live video feed. Officers immediately attended the area and arrested two males without incident.
William Dale Waunch, 35, of Edmonton was charged with mischief under $5,000 and theft under $5,000.
Tyrone Jason Hays, 32, of Calmar was charged with mischief under $5,000, theft under $5,000, and one count of operating a motor vehicle while prohibited.
Waunch and Hays were remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and are scheduled to appear in Leduc Provincial Court on April 1, 2021.
Leduc RCMP would like to thank the member of the public who observed a crime in progress and reported it to police immediately. This person was instrumental in this duo being caught by police.
Catalytic Converter thefts have been a serious issue in the Leduc area and RCMP and if anyone has any information about these thefts they are asked to contact their local police or Leduc RCMP.